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Epiphone Blues Custom 30W 2x12 Combo Amp

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The 30W Epiphone Blues Custom 30 combo guitar amp takes the competition down at the knees with pro performance and features at a phenomenally low pri...Click To Read More About This Product

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A serious competitor in the premium amp market, at a fraction of the price!

The 30W Epiphone Blues Custom 30 combo guitar amp takes the competition down at the knees with pro performance and features at a phenomenally low price. Dual-channel 30W AB operation (pentode) or 15W Class A operation (triode) plus independent or interactive tone controls and specially designed Lady Luck 12" speakers by Eminence are impressive enough on paper, but when you hear the tonal quality and feel the organic interactivity, you won't believe your ears.

The Blues Custom 30 amp's tube rectifier provides bluesy sag while the tube-driven reverb sounds incredibly natural. 3-band EQ plus added mid-control on the hot channel let you dial in hard-hitting definition. The Epiphone Blues Custom amp's 12AX7 preamp tubes with DC powered filaments operate very quietly.

FEATURES
  • Designed and engineered in the USA by Gibson
  • 30W Class AB or 15W Class A switchable All-tube circuitry
  • 2 channels
  • (pentode/triode)
  • Tube rectifier
  • Mid control for channel 2
  • Dual 12" special-design Eminence Lady Luck speakers
  • Tube-powered reverb
  • Independent/interactive EQ switch
  • Standby switch
  • Shared 3-band EQ
  • Master volume
  • Dual 4-ohm, dual 8-ohm, and 16-ohm speaker outs
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes with DC powered filaments
  • 5881 power tubes
  • High-tension fuse
  • 16-gauge bent and spot-welded chassis
  • 11-ply plywood cab construction
  • 2-button footswitch not included

We had one of these at headquarters for review and everybody who plugged into it loved it! Order yours today.

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4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

This beast roars!

This amp is a beast. I have no serious complaints after owning it for six months. I have used it for everything from practice by myself in the basement to gigs and its been...Read complete review

This amp is a beast. I have no serious complaints after owning it for six months. I have used it for everything from practice by myself in the basement to gigs and its been perfect the whole time. First off it is LOUD. even on the 15 watt setting i have a hard time not pissing off the other people in my house when i play it. I am not a huge fan of the overdrive channel. i prefer to get my od from the cranked clean channel and a tube screamer. it sounds godly with this combination. the built in reverb is also amazing. it doesnt come with a foot switch though. I would have liked an effects loop, using a boss flanger for instance kind of over powers the rest of your tone, but for the price of this thing i wont complain too much. It is also heavy. if youre looking for somthing that is easy to move this is not it. The great tone also dies when the volume is turned too low, but thats not the end of the world either. over all its a great amp at an even better price. one would be hard pressed to find another gig worthy tube amp at this price.

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changed mind...

I wrote a 5 star review for this amp after three months. Now it's 1.5 years old, and the reverb springs broke, and the power supply and internal fan have failed. Haven't been...Read complete review

I wrote a 5 star review for this amp after three months. Now it's 1.5 years old, and the reverb springs broke, and the power supply and internal fan have failed. Haven't been able to get it fixed either. I loved the sound, but the quality has been horrible.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

changed mind...

By Used to love Epiphone

from New Mexico

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I wrote a 5 star review for this amp after three months. Now it's 1.5 years old, and the reverb springs broke, and the power supply and internal fan have failed. Haven't been able to get it fixed either. I loved the sound, but the quality has been horrible.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tonal monster literal monster

By Budrowil3

from Manchester, KY

I bought this amp about a year and a half ago, and have gigged with it numerous times. Which brings me to the amps only downfall right off the bat, this thing is a brute, which like most tube amps it should be, but invest in some small wheels or a road case for this thing if you plan on gigging with it. This amp has the warmest most pristine clean channel I've ever heard. Plug in a strat to this thing, bump the mids, take down the treble, give some bass, turn the reverb to about 6.5 or 7, and your heart will melt. As for the dirt, its great too, but im just a clean kinda guy for blues amps, I usually use pedals for the rest. With a vox bulldog distortion, this amp screams, but all in all, its very hard to beat at this price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This beast roars!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amp is a beast. I have no serious complaints after owning it for six months. I have used it for everything from practice by myself in the basement to gigs and its been perfect the whole time. First off it is LOUD. even on the 15 watt setting i have a hard time not pissing off the other people in my house when i play it. I am not a huge fan of the overdrive channel. i prefer to get my od from the cranked clean channel and a tube screamer. it sounds godly with this combination. the built in reverb is also amazing. it doesnt come with a foot switch though. I would have liked an effects loop, using a boss flanger for instance kind of over powers the rest of your tone, but for the price of this thing i wont complain too much. It is also heavy. if youre looking for somthing that is easy to move this is not it. The great tone also dies when the volume is turned too low, but thats not the end of the world either. over all its a great amp at an even better price. one would be hard pressed to find another gig worthy tube amp at this price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

kick a**!!

By loud and proud

from portland OR.

I know most of us don't want to believe that epiphone can make gear that is top of the line, but... this amp rules. I'm tired of all these company's popping up with 10 watt single speaker amps that cost $2500.00. Real musicians don't make loads of money and if you have kids, forget about it. The BLUES CUSTOM 30 is just the right amp at just the right price. I have two main guitars, gibson birds eye lp standard and a fender esquire reissue. They both SING through this amp. Single coils are glassy and bright like they should be. humbuckers are fat and creamy as they should be.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

instant classic!!

By tdoug

from Seattle

imho this amp has superior sound quality with a retubing, but sounds plenty sweet stock after speaker break in. What you put in is exactly what you get out - I've now played the BC30 with a variety of guitars and this amp does it all! Keeping that in mind the BC30 will not make a cheap guitar sound vintage - it will sound good, but it will expose it as an inferior instrument. Plugging in a high end LP, Fender or PRS and you will be rewarded with vintage and modern tones as you feel the soul of warmth that only tubes will provide. With a few stomp boxes this amp can also rock out pretty heavy and loud - it's not a metal amp, but it can still crunch along with my Marshall and Peavey - take the time to understand this amp; this isn't a plug&play amp - you'll need to spend time tweaking the knobs for each instrument you plug into it - but you will be rewarded and blown away at the versatility and sound quality.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blues Custom 30 has arrived!!!

By TomfromFlorida

from Florida

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What an outstanding product. The Epiphone Blues Custom 30 delivers top quality tone at a budget price. I went to go purchase a new USA Strat from a local music store and ended up buying not only the strat but the amp that I tried it out on! I trading my 150watt "emulator" amp in for the Blues Custom 30. One always looses money on those deals but I had no problem with it as I came out way ahead in sound quality. I have heard very few stock amps that have comparable, rich tones to this amp. I am not easily impressed - in this case I am extremely please. I am having a very difficult time putting down my guitars (Charvel model 4, Epi LP, and USA Standard Strat) since I brought this thing home. I usually do not submit a review for a product but I felt compelled to share my feelings about this amp - do not hesitate to buy it - you will not be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp is great!

By Psychopasta

from Seattle WA

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I've had this amp about a year now and am still knocked out by it as much as I was when I first unpacked it. I bought it unheard based on the reviews I'd read here and in magazines. It really is as good as everyone says it is!It is one HEAVY amp, at 70 lb. Take the back off and you'll see why. Heavy plywood and thick aluminum sheets make up the chassis. This in IMHO one of the reasons it sounds so good. It gives the 2 12-inch speakers a solid frame to push against. I'd love Epi to put on two handles, or side handles, or wheels. All of which can be easily done yourself of course. Rather than swap out the tubes, put on some wheels!I gave it 5 for features, although its a fairly minimalist amp. I like it minimalist, because I want to learn how to drive a tube amp properly, rather than just select the tone for song X. No offense to Line 6 and the others who take that approach, it definitely has its place. But the BC30 is not that kind of amp. You have control of all amp parameters, of course, but its not a modeling amp.5 for quality is obvious. Built like a tank, take the back off and everythging is easily accessible if you want to perform surgery.I heard that it was not so good with single coils before I bought it, and was a little concerned. I play mainly single-coiled guitars, with a Reverend Club King with P-90s and a Tele 52 reissue as my main guitars. No problems to report, they sound great! I also have an Epi Les Paul with EMG 81/85 humbuckers and that sounds truly glorious.5 overall...I saw BB King at his club in Orlando last year and either BB Himself or Charlie Dennis was playing through a BC30...what more can I say?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

still got the blues

By rickster-fNCU4

from st. augustine, fl

I bought this amp after seeing it advertised in a guitar mag, I thought it looked pretty cool and the price was way lower than most amps of this quality. I love this thing, you turn it on , turn up the volume and it sounds sweet ...and the build quality is unreal...a fan to cool things down, plenty of pre-amp tubes, tube rectifier , wow!!!! I use it with a six piece blues band and I have the power switch set to 15 watts...I know it's hard to believe because I've been using 100 watt and 60 watt amps all my life but this thing is loud..even in the 15 watt mode....the 15 watt mode in my opinion is a bit sweeter than the 30...the reverb sounds great on a low setting..I haven't had to use a footswitch because the overdrive channel cleans up nicely when you turn the volume down on the guitar....I use an Ibanez artcore hollowbody with humbuckers and a fender strat with single coils...sounds great with both...a great deal on an excellent amp...mostly for blues and classic rock...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Tone/Great Price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Bought this amp a year ago. I have read that some believe this amp to be harsh on the treble, but that has not been a problem for me. I like the classic distortion you can get from the dirty channel and hitting it with an overdrive really makes this beast roar. I almost never use the clean channel as simply turning the volume down on my guitar is enough to tame the distortion. The only problem I have with this amp is no effects loop. So I give it a 4.5 star.

 
4.0

Great Amp if you Modify it.

By Jorge

from Orlando , Fl.

I bought one of these used, as my first Tube Amp. I found it to be very "Shrill " and " Ice pickey " . Too trebley and not enough Mid Range , unless you dialed up the Mid Range and Base up and turned the Treble down. Also the Reverb Tank would feed back pretty bad. I solved this problem by unscrewing the Reverb tank and put a thin sheet of foam from a Yoga mat under it and screwing it back down. To address the the high Trebley sound I cut 4 of the "High Filter" Caps out, which brought out the midrange considerably and eliminated that " Shrill " sound. But it still didn;t sound warm and smooth. So I replaced the two Sovtek 6L6wxt Tubes ( Awful Sounding Tubes ) with two Groove Tube 6L6 Tubes. Now ,,, it is an Awesome sounding Combo Tube Amp !!! Sounds best in the 15W setting and is Plenty Loud !!! The Lady Luck Speakers sound Fantastic !! And I am in no hurry to replace them. Always been a big fan of Eminence Speakers. I love the Retro look of this amp. It's a Beast at 80 pounds though. Add side handles and wheels and get yourself a very large strong friend named " Olf " to help you carry it from Gig to Gig !!

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5.0

The BEST blues tone ever!

By ThePubDragon

from Phoenix, Arizona

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Over the years, I have assembled an arsenal of amps: Marshall DSL100, Marshall TSL60, Marshall MG100, MG250, Fender Blues Deville Reissue, Fender Hot Rod 410, Peavey Valve King 210, and finally the Blues Custom. I have tried every amp in every combination of guitars and effects you can think of trying to get a real solid blues tone. Nothing I have ever tried comes close to the tone I get from using any guitar plugged directly into this amp, with no effects at all. It is simply unbelievable tone. Buy it now, before Epiphone realizes they should have been charging 3 times as much!!!

 
5.0

Great Blues Amp

By Vote!

from Albuquerque, NM

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This Amp is amazing. The features on this amp should satisfy any serious musician. I prefer the sound of the 15 watts all-tube, but you can switch it over to the 30 for larger gigs. A simple swap of a cord gets you 4, 8, or 16 ohms set-up so you don't have to ever go inside the amp. If you can't get a good tone out of this amp. Then you can't get a good tone.

 
5.0

A barnburner deal!

By humbucker-Llp8t

from dublin, OH

Wow! What a deal in a tube amp! Very nice variety of tonal qualities available and very useful features (e.g. class A/B to class A switch which has a big and useful effect on tone and interactive/independent equalizer controls). Very useful tube reverb and all-in-all a creamy sound. Seems to be built like a tank! Could use a headphone jack and effects loop.

 
5.0

tone heads dream

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

WOW! Worth every penny and then some. This amp has the best tone I have heard under a grand. No problem putting it in the Mesa or Marshall tone category. If you don't believe me, just test one out. You will burn a hole in your pocket to get your wallet out.

 
5.0

Epiphone Blues Custom 30 2X12

By Satan666

from Coral Springs, FL

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Incredible! The best tube amp out there at this price. Ear splitting volume, great tone, and good looks in one compact unit. The onboard EQ is responsive and can be dialed in for any tone you need. Mids sound sweet, but they can be scooped out with channel 2's independent Mid control. Nice! Gives you that heavy ,crunchy metal grind. Made by Gibson For Gibson. When I plug in my Les Paul, it sounds like Pure Evil.Hot rod good looks and built like a tank - I mean this thing is Heavy. I think my Marshall half stack is easier to move! Nevertheless, unbeatable value. Could have used a headphone jack, but who cares?! I'm in love.

 
5.0

Buy it now

By Bukowski

from Peoria, IL

This amp is amazing, it has a decent 30 watt mode but the 15 watt mode is where it shines. It's plenty loud, and has all the sweet tone of a Fender Bass man at a fraction of the price. This amp is destined to become a classic!

 
4.0

Good Buea and Rock amp

By PWC

from Los Angeles, CA

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This amp is a continution of Epiphones Valve Standard 112 combo. Similar in sound. Single coil guitars (Strats) sound horrible, too thin and it takes a lot of tweaking to get a fuller tone. Guitars with humbuckers sound fantastic, great tone! This amp seems to have even order harmonics in the distortion channel giving it a full, warm, fat tone (except with Strats). Clean channel has very little headroom and breaks up early.

 
1.0

Don't believe the hype!

By HarleyAddict

from East Coast

I received my amp a few weeks ago after waiting patiently for about two and a half months. I was all excited about having an amp that has the potential of making the boutique amp makers tremble in their booties. Lets just say that they are not going to loose any sleep or business due to this amp. It is sterile, noisy, and lacks a creamy overdrive all together. It sounds a lot better with humbuckers than single coils. My Strats really brings the amp to its knees and shows its weakness. You can do a whole lot better! Mine's going back by the end of the week. I was really looking forward to it, but it looks like Chinese products aren't there yet.

 
5.0

Blues custom combo

By goog2

from S Glens Falls NY

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For the money, there is nothing out there that will garner you two twelve inch speakers in a tube amp. I own guitars with both single coils and humbuckers and I have not noticed an issue with the single coils. An effects loop and headphone jack would be nice. I would have prefered the drive selector to push the tubes harder but I use a Floor Pod anyway which can overcome that issue. The mesh in the back prevents the storage of the power cord in the unit. It weighs 70 pounds. Way too heavy to lug around without casters. The matching footswitch seems hard to come by. Non biasing tubes offer opportunity to switch them with relative ease. Overall built to last,does what it says and the price is right. Oh yea, did I say you can play the blues on this?

 
5.0

Modern Classic

By D. Wallace

from Fairfield,Ca.

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This is a fine, as delivered product; very happy. It is versatile over and above previous designs, easily worth more than the current 'street' price and may become a highly sought-after tube amp once its' reputation is solidified. Am sorry one reviewer had so much disappointment; I suspect either a defective unit and /or difficulty with the on-board E.Q., which requires time to become comfortable with. The good design precludes the need to 'swap' tubes or speakers unless defective. An accessory tube tremolo module or pedal would round out the package.

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